How To Be A More Thoughtful Giver

How To Be A More Thoughtful Giver

There’s a reason that I love the holiday season so much. It has nothing to do with the presents, or what I might receive from others, because I really don’t need anything. The main thing that makes me love this time of the year so much is that folks are so incredibly giving. From paying it forward in […]

Life Is Tough. So Are You. #ToughIs

Life Is Tough. So Are You.

I’m sharing tough to the core stories thanks to a partnership with Brawny® The women in my family are incredibly strong. From my great grandmothers down to my cousins, sister and me, we’re not the type of ladies that just sit back and let life happen around us. We’re outspoken and opinionated, loving, and believe […]

Sometimes You Just Have To Quit

Sometimes you just have to quit

Last Wednesday was the first day in 10 years that I didn’t have a full or part-time job working for someone else. Certainly I’ve had some periods where my paycheck felt like I wasn’t working, but in reality, I’ve been gainfully employed for a decade. Leaving my job wasn’t something that was planned. I mean […]

Verses For Women Who Are Stepping Out On Faith

Verses For Women Who Are Stepping Out On Faith

Stepping out on faith isn’t a concept that’s foreign to me. When I moved to California back in 2012 with 4 suitcases, 2 carry-ons, and a toddler, I had no idea what the outcome would be. All I knew was that God had always taken care of me, and I had no reason to doubt that […]

We Should All Be Like Five-Year-Olds

we should all be five-years-old

In the last 6 months, Ayva has gone to dance camp, taken swim classes, joined a soccer team, been promoted in her Bible classes, and started kindergarten. She’s learning to read, taken up drawing (a lot), and has recorded 2 videos for her YouTube series. Every morning when she wakes up, she pulls out her writing tablet to […]

Working On Perspective

Working On Perspective

Earlier today I called my husband in tears after a negative interaction with a colleague. He listened to me talk, and then confessed that he was really concerned about me. Over the last few weeks I haven’t really been eating, and my insomnia is back with a vengeance. He said that he wasn’t just concerned […]

Mommy Was There

Ayva Dance Show

Last week was crazy. I spent most of my days with a knot in my stomach and my head throbbing with pain because of the stress of feeling like I needed to be two places at once. A huge conference for work that I was presenting at for the first time was happening 45 minutes […]

Just Look Up

just look up

Life gets busy sometimes, you know? We go along, running errands, completing tasks, checking items off of our list. At the end of the day, we race home, throw a meal together, rush the kids to bed, go to sleep, and do it all over again. I can admit it,  I kind of get off […]

Are You Clearly In Need?

Matthew 7:7

I had an encounter with a woman last week that I can’t get off of my mind. I was at the gas station when she walked by me, pushing a shopping cart. The woman had a small boy with her, and her cart was filled with various items that were clearly their personal things. As […]

God’s Light – A Haiku

sunset, mama knows it all, haiku, poetry

I am not a light. That glow that draws you to me? That’s the light of God. inspired by John 1:8